As I participated in two volunteering projects I like to share my experiences about the application procedure. From October 2011 to December 2011 I participated in a volunteering project in Kenya and from January 2012 to March 2012 I volunteered in a project in Uganda.
If you want to take part in a volunteer project you can search the Internet for many different organizations who offer projects all over the world. Though the participation fees vary from 500€ to 3,000€ or even more for a duration of 3 months. So this is normally the price for organizing the project plus food and accommodation, but most of the time you have to pay for the flight and public transport in addition. Depending on the organization you need to apply 6 weeks up to 6 months or even longer in advance.
So on the websites of the volunteer organizations you find some introductive descriptions of the projects, which are available. The duration of the volunteer projects vary from short term participation, which can be about 2 weeks to 4 weeks, middle term (1 month to 3 months) or long term projects (up to a year or even longer). Then you choose the project, that you want to participate in and send your application to the volunteer organization. The application often can be done with an online formular. Sometimes you can give a second or third option if your project of first choice is not available.
Now I continue with describing my experience with my volunteer organization Volunteer Action For Peace: After applying it took some weeks until the organization answered me that I can participate in the project. In addition they sent me a more detailed description of the project and I needed to decide if I take part. So I signed the contract, which they sent me per Email. Moreover I needed to organize my visa myself, but this often can be done on arrival at the airport. Furthermore I had to check, which vaccinations are needed to be allowed to enter the country. In my case of Uganda the Yellow Fever vaccination was obligatory and in addition it was a must to organize myself health insurance during the volunteer project, though specially the more expensive organizations include such insurances in the project fees already.
Of course I needed to organize and pay the flight myself. The organization picked me up at the airport of Uganda, and they brought me to the project location with the bus. During the 3 months the project manager visited me several times and checked if everything is going well and at the end he accompanied me back to the airport of Uganda. At this project I worked as a teacher in a school in rural area. I taught mainly Maths and English to pupils of class 2-6. In addition I helped them to develop a vegetable and fruit tree garden. Helping means sponsoring vegetable and fruit tree seeds, growing seedlings and planting them. To participate in such projects I was inspired from the website owner of kriya yoga, who published several posts about volunteering and humanitarian work in the spiritual treasures, which are now available for free download.